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Sick Sheffield paedophile who had sex chats over Skype with young kids avoids jail

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A paedophile who admitted a string of sex offences including sending pictures of children, possessing animal porn and having sexually charged chats has avoided being locked up because he cares for his wife.

Pervert Andrew Heyes admitted 14 offences at Sheffield Crown Court earlier this year and had been warned he may be sent to prison when he returned.

However, the 55-year-old, from Sheffield, was handed a 21-months prison sentence, suspended for two years, because a judge felt the community would be best served by him being rehabilitated and due to the fact he cared for his poorly wife.

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Heyes pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent photographs, 26 of which were category A – the worst kind – and one charge of possessing extreme porn in which a human is seen to be having sex with an animal.

He also admitted five counts of attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity and two counts of attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child.

Heyes will also be sentenced for pleading guilty to four counts of distributing indecent images of children.

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Prosecutor Andrew Bailey told the court that police executed a search warrant at Heyes’s home on September 26 and seized a computer tower and two hard drives.

Officers went on to find dozens of child abuse videos and pictures.

During further examination, police discovered Heyes had searched for the definition of a paedophile on a search engine and deleted his browser history.

Mr Bailey added that Heyes had carried out a series of sick sex chats with fellow paedophiles as well as one-to-one chats with teenage boys and girls, asking them to carry out sex acts in exchange for money.

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Heyes later admitted during a police interview that he had used the teen chat rooms and torrent sites.

Judge Michael Slater passed a sentence of 21 months in prison, but suspended it for two years.

Heyes was also made the subject of a five-year sexual harm prevention order and must carry out 40 sessions of a sex offender treatment programme and 30 rehabilitation activity requirement days.

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